Friday, March 09, 2007

Photo Hunters: Architecture



Hartford Municipal Building
Hartford, Connecticut
This building replaced the Old State House as the seat of city government when it opened in 1915. The design is of the Beaux-Art style, constructed of brick and faced with white Bethel, Conn. granite, with a copper and tile roof. All of the entrances are bronze. The 3-story central atrium is 25' wide by 150' long, decorated with panels depicting scenes from Hartford's history.
I took these photos when I lived in Hartford. I love this building and many others in Hartford. Hartford was the center of great architecture in the Golden Age, when Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe lived there.

I made a movie of these shots which can be seen HERE.
Thank you for stopping by! I can't wait to see the other posts!
For more photos, click "Read More" below.


Hartford's Municipal Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

http://hartford.omaxfield.com/munibldg.html











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64 comments:

  1. impressive design!!
    great choice for the theme.

    happy weekend!

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  2. That's a wonderful piece of architecture. I'm sure the details are great especially when you see it in person. Thanks for sharing. I appreciate the visit earlier. Take care!

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  3. very impressive building indeed!

    smiles, bee

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  4. Just lovely! I am loving the theme this week!

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  5. Nice! I drove through Hartford once (took a wrong turn), it was a nice, friendly city.

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  6. I've wanted to visit the East coast for many years now, and this looks like a building I would enjoy visiting! Great shot!

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  7. I am always surprised, you can go wherever you want in the whole world, the municipal buildings are always nice and beautiful even when the whole town is falling apart, lol !

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  8. Great photos, what an interesting building.

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  9. Hey! That's just up the road from me! And I love the Mark Twain house, too (of course, I love Mark Twain's writings, too!). It's nice to see some of my home state shown off here on your blog!

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  10. Great photo. We enjoyed the movie too. Thanks for stopping by our blog.

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  11. First: A very good photo
    Then: It's amazing og different architerural cultures can meet in such away you now show the blogger world.

    Great entry

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  12. What a gorgeous old building. Court houses and gov't buildings always have the most amazing intriguing architecture. Great photo for the theme!!

    Thanks for visiting me

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  13. What a beautiful building! Love the idea of all the entrances being bronzed!! I feel like I've been visiting so many cities, states, provinces and countries today:-) Have a wonderful day! xox

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  14. I love the architecture from this period. It is so stately. Great add to the hunt.

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  15. I started to study the beautiful building you posted, but I got distracted by the picture of Charlie standing in the tub 'o food! Go Charlie GO!

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  16. Very stately looking building! It almost looks like the inside of the building used for the courthouse in the movie "And Justice for All" with Al Pacino. I just recently saw this again, that's why it came to my mind (No I don't always remember the inside's of buildings in movies!!) It was just that there was one scene when one of the lawyers went a bit nuts and started throwing plates down the hall and it reminds me of this.

    I also watched the video. I think I saw a fleur de lys in the architecture in that.

    Thanks for sharing some great shots and also for the visit to me blog!

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  17. Great entry! It is interesting to see all types of buildings today.

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  18. Such beautiful detail and it's stunning in white!

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  19. That is an intimidating looking building!

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  20. Nice video! That's an impressive building ...

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  21. What a beautiful building! I'm from Connecticut (graduated from UConn, Storrs) and I've never been through that building... Now I wish I had ;)

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  22. Very nice photo! I love government buildings, they usually have some fantastic designs.

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  23. wow... beautiful building, great photo. I'd love to wander around inside that building.

    My first Photo Hunters post is up

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  24. Great choice. Quite an impressive building and reminds me of my roots in the Boston area.
    Thanks for visiting my place.

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  25. This is a beautiful building interior.

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  26. I love stuff like this!

    Mine's up :)

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  27. You are so right, some of these look a lot like the big entry of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Perhaps built during a similar time. I think the Met has had several different architects working on it over the years. Very nice shots.

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  28. I love the clean lines and beautiful arches in this building. I've never been to Hartford before but it sounds lovely!

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  29. Reminds me of the old armory building in West Hartford! I thought of posting some pictures of the capital and Hartford skyline along with other of the hospital, but already had enough pictures.

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  30. Gorgeous! New England has the the most amazing architecture. That is a beautiful photo too.

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  31. Great architecture ... For some reason, though, I started thinking of New Orleans Square at Disneyland ... Odd, huh?
    DMM

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  32. What an amazing collection of photos. Have a great weekend!

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  33. Very beautiful, thanks for sharing.

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  34. I love the details in the archway. Very nice design!

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  35. It's pretty awesome! Great photo. Very good design.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  36. It's a beautiful building - and you seem to be really into architecture :)

    I also read your previous post - about Charlie - haha, he's one funny fellow :D

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  37. Hey - I've been there!!! Great shot! I am originally from Connecticut - born and raised in Bridgeport!! After my parents divorce, my father lived in East Hartford for years.

    Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

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  38. Beautiful! Those are great photos. What a lovely building!

    Thanks for visiting. :)

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  39. That's a beautiful building. :) Lovely photos. :) Great example of architecture!

    Thanks for stopping by and have a good day. :)

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  40. The new State House don't really look particular new to me though.. I guess it's the design who looks a little classical...

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  41. What a grand building. I love going to places that have great architecture like this.

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  42. Nice! Excellence in architecture

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  43. I'm speechless!
    Thanks for the visit.

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  44. Beautiful architecture, I love the old stuff like that! You captured it well in the video too. Happy hunting from me and Nermal!

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  45. I like Beaux Art style a lot -- not too fussy but grand enough to impress. And no, it is not Michelangelo's Pieta - considered THE Pieta. The one in Notre Dame was made by Nicolas Coustou (French sculptor born in Lyon in 1658 dead in 1733.)
    Pieta is term used to describe a sculpture of the Madonna cradling the body of Christ. There are many notable ones around the world.
    The "American Pietà" was the name given to a famous Reuters photograph of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, depicting a policeman and four firemen carrying the body of fire department chaplain Mychal F. Judge out of the World Trade Center rubble.
    I'm a trivia-kind of person so hope this isn't too much info LOL!

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  46. wonderful photograph. I really enjoyed the movie too!

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  47. That's a beautiful building. Why is today's architecture so lacking?

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  48. looks like I am your 50th commenter...oh I should say something profound....hmmmm.....grand choice of pictures...it is a lovely photo....

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  49. what a beautiful shot! Did you tour Mark Twain's house when you lived in CT?

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  50. I'm so glad you stopped by my photo, this building is pretty magnificent. Have to go watch the movie now.

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  51. Wonderful piece of history and great choice for the Hunt. Thanks for including the details too!

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  52. Oh, how beautiful :). I love this kind of architecture.
    I have actually been in Hartford several years ago.

    Have a wonderful week.

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  53. A lovely building and the video shows it off even more.

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  54. Never knew Twain lived in Hartford.
    Would love to see it in person.
    Thanks for visting my site.
    I'm off to see your movie :)
    Frances

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  55. Beautiful! thanks for visiting my pic :)

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  56. Gorgeous picture! Lovely choice for architecture. That's quite an impressive place.

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  57. Very nice photo. I rather like the photos of the "insides" of the buildings I've been seeing. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  58. That is a great view!! Thanks for stopping by my place!

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  59. That is the most beautiful building, and a great shot.

    Sorry for my late comment, I've been travelling. Thanks for visiting :)

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  60. I love old buildings like that, it is beautiful. Thanks for stopping by!

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  61. Very neat building. I always love floors done that way. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

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  62. Wow! Great photos! I particularly like the staircase ones. What an interesting building.
    Sorry for being so late in commenting but I was out of town!

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